Forestry Division Planner

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers.
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Department of Natural Resources
  • Division/Unit: Forestry
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: yes
  • Salary Range: $24.03 – $35.24/hourly; $50,174 – $73,581/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • Employment Condition: Full Time Unlimited
  • Work Location: St Paul Forestry Central Office
  • FLSA Status: Exempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

The position may have the option to telework on a part time basis.

The position will provide professional planning services for the Division of Forestry. The position will coordinate the process to develop or revise division and department statewide operational policy, develop the division annual work plans and accomplishment reports, coordinate division input to department strategic and programmatic plans, research and analyze natural resource issues for the division, and support the Forest Policy, Applied Science, and Forest Resource Planning programs.

Specific duties include:

  • Develop plans, reports, or other products such as white papers or issue summaries.
  • Coordinate the review and updating of the division’s Internal Policy Framework (e.g. division policies, guidelines, manuals, and direction memos).
  • Coordinate division review and input on department policies, procedures, and plans (e.g., operational orders, commissioner’s orders, plans).
  • Prepare the division’s annual work plan at the statewide, region, and area levels. This includes working with the DMT and program leaders to develop the annual direction and priorities statement as well as the targets/workload indicators metrics.
  • Contribute to Forest Planning Process improvement tasks: Evaluate and develop improvements to the forest resource and management planning process (SFRMP); Incorporate new and evolving DNR forest management policy direction in the planning process as needed. 
  • Research, analyze, and report on natural resource policy issues as requested by the supervisor, forest policy analyst, section manager, or division director.

    Travel is expected for training or project participation to interact with staff and partners. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, or closely related field.
  • Two years of professional planning experience in the area of natural resources, or a closely related field.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and tools associated with project management is critical to help manage the diverse number of concurrent activities and efforts associated with this position.
  • Knowledge of forest science, forest ecology, forest management practices, and emerging natural resources issues and trends sufficient to lead forest planning efforts independently.
  • Interpersonal and human relations skills sufficient to establish ongoing effective, positive, trusting, and professional relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitation, planning, conflict management, and leadership skills sufficient to bring together diverse perspectives and accomplish conservation objectives, even in contentious environments.
  • Excellent communication skills sufficient to develop, prepare, and present information in a coherent, objective, and technically sound manner to diverse stakeholders.
  • Project management skills sufficient to manage many concurrent activities, coordinate and organize the work of others, identify critical paths, perform project risk assessments, and identify, define, sequence, prioritize, schedule, and assign resources.
  • Strong technological skills to prepare planning products, including maps and summary data, using word processing, spreadsheet, geographic information systems (GIS), and presentation software.
  • Requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver’s license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Forestry, Natural Resources, Planning, Public Administration, Business Administration, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of DNR and Division of Forestry programs, goals, methods of operation, organizational structure and policies.
  • Ability to review and evaluate technical reports and planning documents, identify and analyze information and data, develop policy and program management recommendations, and to conceptualize alternative solutions to complex issues and convey them to diverse audiences.
  • Knowledge of forest modeling and data analysis software.
  • Knowledge of economic and statistical analysis techniques sufficient to assess the economic impacts of policies, plans, programs and legislation and to interpret various economic indicators and reports.
  • Successful participation in the State of Minnesota Star of the North Fellowship program.

Physical Requirements

Requires occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds such articles as file boxes and heavy hand tools or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. Even though the weights being lifted may only be a negligible amount, a job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with a degree of pushing and pulling of arm and/or leg controls. 

Additional Requirements

This position requires an unrestricted Class D Driver’s License with a clear driving record.

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background check prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • Employment Reference Check
  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

Our goal as an employer is to actively recruit, welcome and support a workforce, which is diverse and inclusive of people who are underrepresented in the development of State of Minnesota policies, programs and practices, so that we can support the success and growth of all people.

We are proud to operate within a Culture of Respect that provides a healthy, safe, and productive work environment for all employees.  This means that our employees are respectful to one another and to our customers.  We believe that promoting a Culture of Respect allows our employees to do their best work in support of the agency’s mission.

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page and submit an application/resume that clearly describes how you meet the qualifications listed above. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to

If you are a Connect 700 applicant, please submit your certificate to Bobbie Donat at by the job posting close date.       


If you have questions about the position, contact Amber Ellering at 651/259-5904.